WA Government Supports Beyondblue

WA Government Supports Beyondblue

Western Australia Premier Colin Barnett

Beyondblue Chairman Jeff Kennett

WA Extends Partnership With National Depression Initiative

Victor P Taffa

Premier Colin Barnett has today announced State Government funding of $340,000 to beyondblue: the national depression initiative.

The Premier made the announcement at the signing of a new agreement with Beyondblue Chairman Jeff Kennett in Perth today.

Premier Barnett said the funding from the Mental Health Commission would support the range of programs to raise awareness of depression and related disorders in Western Australia.

“Depression is an illness, not a weakness and we encourage people to access the help that is available.” the Premier said.

“This partnership reflects the State Government’s commitment to work with community and non-government organisations to deliver dedicated and tailored services for people with depression.”

“Importantly, it will raise awareness about depression and most importantly, help to ease the burden on the everyday West Australians who suffer from the illness.” Premier Barnett said.

“One in five West Australians will experience depression at some point in their lifetime.”

“The consequences of depression can be tragic and the personal and financial costs to individuals, families and communities are rising.”

“The Mental Health Commission is a key step in creating a modern, effective mental health system that places individuals and their recovery at the centre of service design and delivery.” Premier Barnett said.

The work of beyondblue includes raising awareness and understanding of depression, prevention and early intervention strategies and targeted research.

Mr. Kennett welcomed the WA Government’s continued commitment to beyondblue. 

“We sincerely thank Premier Barnett and the Western Australian Government for their ongoing support and look forward to continuing our partnership to raise awareness of depression and anxiety in WA.” Mr. Kennett said.

“There is still a lot of work to be done in getting accurate information to people and reducing the stigma that so often prevents people from seeking help.  We look forward to working with all tiers of government, the Mental Health Commission and the health sector to continue to reduce stigma among young people and families, metro, rural and remote communities throughout Western Australia.” Mr. Kennett said.

 

WA Premier Colin Barnett & Beyondblue Chairman Jeff Kennett

WA Premier Colin Barnett & Beyondblue Chairman Jeff Kennett